Fresh Baked Friday: S'mores Bars

Who wants a little taste of summer in the middle of winter? I know I do.

Though there seems to be a bit of a warm up on the way (isn’t it terrible when we consider 40 degrees a warm up?) we are still in the middle of winter. We’ve had painfully cold days, minimal sunlight and bucket loads of snow. It’s getting to that point in the season when I just need a little glimmer of summertime to keep me going. Today I bring you that glimmer of summertime in the form of s’mores bars.

My friend Danielle made these a few years ago and it was love at first bite. S’mores bars have milk chocolate, marshmallow and graham crackers all packed into two layers of cookie dough. It’s like a mid-winter summer miracle in your mouth.

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S'mores Bars

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 milk chocolate bars
1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff (a 7 1/2 oz jar will work)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and prepare an 8-inch square pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a mixer or with a beater, combine butter, brown sugar and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until fully combined.
  5. Divide the dough in half and press one half into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan.
  6. On a piece of wax paper, press the other half of the dough into an 8-inch square. Set aside.
  7. Lay chocolate bars on top of the bottom of layer of dough in the pan.
  8. Carefully spread marshmallow fluff over chocolate bars into an even layer.
  9. Take the layer of cookie dough on the wax paper and turn it upside down over the pan, as if you are topping a pie. (This wax paper step is much easier than trying to spread the cookie dough over the marshmallow, trust me.)
  10. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. It will be lightly brown with done. Allow to cool before digging in so they have a chance to set.

Okay, so this certainly won’t help you stick to any sort of diet, but they sure are delicious. Enjoy this little taste of summer and remember, only 160 days until the real thing.

How do you keep your spirits up during the colder months?

Kylie K.